Giverny in Spring

During the month of May, we are spoilt with lots of bank holidays in France, meaning that it’s a disjointed month of very short working weeks and with that comes plenty of opportunities for travel and adventure!

Yesterday, on jeudi de l’ascencion, Michael and I took our bikes and went cycling in the region north of Paris, between the Ile de France & Haute-Normandie.

We took the 7h30 train from St Lazare to Vernon. I don’t do so well with very early mornings so this was most unusual and an accomplishment in itself for me! I triumphantly took this photo as evidence that we made it on to the train with time to spare!

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When we realised that we would be starting our cycle ride right next to Monet’s garden at Giverny, we knew that we absolutely had to visit. Needless to say, it was stunningly beautiful. Spring is most definitely the perfect time to go…that is, if you can stand the masses of tourists. You really have to get your elbows out if you want to take a decent photo without any photo-bombers!

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The garden is like a kaleidoscope of colour in Spring when the Japanese cherry, apple and apricot trees are in full blossom.

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We spent a while trying to get the perfect shot of this big mamma frog! Michael held on to me whilst I dangled myself over the lilies.

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Finally all the tourists got to be too much for us & we needed to get cycling! As we made our way through the countryisde, we were surrounded by rolling fields of vibrant yellow rapeseed. Such a nice change from the 50 shades of parisian grey!

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50 km later & sore, cyclist’s bums all round (!), we took the train back to Paris from Gisors.

Now, its time for a me to catch up on editing a load of photos from some shoots this week. Watch this space! 😉

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